84 Lumber donates to Roc Solid Foundation

The foundation builds playsets for children battling cancer and received the donation on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
A playset built by the Roc Solid Foundation as shown on The Kelly Clarkson Show.
A playset built by the Roc Solid Foundation as shown on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

84 Lumber appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to surprise Eric Newman, the founder and chief play officer of Roc Solid Foundation, with a $25,000 donation. 

The donation will help Newman build playsets for children battling cancer.

When Newman was only three years old, he was diagnosed with liver cancer. Although he survived, he eventually lost two cousins to pediatric cancer. Newman battled anger and numbness towards cancer for the next 12 years. 

In 2008, after losing his construction company when the economy collapsed, Newman was forced to move back in with his parents. 

One day, he was approached by a friend who knew he was a cancer survivor and suggested they throw a fundraiser for a local children’s hospital. The two of them were able to raise over $7,000! It was then that Newman decided he was going to take his anger and pain and turn it into purpose.

Eric Newman 84 Lumber Roc Solid Foundation
Eric Newman discusses his personal battle with Cancer and the Roc Solid Foundation.

Newman began constructing playsets for children battling cancer, and from there, Roc Solid was founded. To date, Newman and his team have completed thousands of playsets for kids around the country.

“We can’t think of anyone more deserving of this donation that Eric,” said 84 Lumber President Maggie Hardy Knox. “He is changing the world for these children, and our team at 84 Lumber is so proud to support the wonderful mission of Roc Solid.”

This spring, Roc Solid kicked off its “Play Defeats Cancer Tour,” where they will be traveling around the country for 30 days to gift and surprise families with playsets.

84 Lumber’s $25,000 donation will support Roc Solid and their builds.


Click here to see Newman discuss the Roc Solid Foundation on The Kelly Clarkson Show along with 84 Lumber’s surprise donation.

Based in Eighty Four, Pa., 84 Lumber is one of the largest privately-held building material distributors. buildings. The company operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers in over 30 states. 

84 Lumber is also a certified National Women’s Business Enterprise business.

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